biblestudy: Acts (Part 24)
Acts 24 Paul Uses Trials as Opportunities to Witness
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 07-Mar-89; Sermon #BS-AC24; 83 minutes
John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the topic of exercising ones legal rights, examining scriptures pertaining to the subject, including taking a brother to court, submitting to civil government, paying taxes, responding to lawsuits, and dealing with corrupt court systems and unfair settlements. As Paul (through the brave intervention of his young nephew) is miraculously rescued (by half a cohort of Roman soldiers commanded by Lysias) from the mob in Jerusalem (who had taken a rash vow to murder Paul) and taken to Caesarea (where he was tried for sedition before Felix), he uses every trial as an opportunity to bear witness to Christ, preaching the Gospel. As Paul successfully confutes the spurious sedition charges, he introduces Felix to the particular (exculpatory) tenets of The Way.Felix (fearing a possible insurrection of the Jews) puts Paul in protective custody. After a private conversation, Paul unwittingly pricks the conscience of Felix, keeping himself incarcerated until the appointment of the next governor, Festus, to whom he would appeal (as a right of a Roman citizen) to Caesar.
ACLU Courts Antonia Attitude of resistance Breaking a vow Claudius Comic relief Corrupt judges Corruption of Roman justice Drusilla Exercising legal rights Felix Freed slaves "G" word (Gentile) Liberal justice system Paul's despondency Litigation Lysias Making vows Pallas Pharisees Rock Hudson Estate Roman justice Sadducees Tacitus Tertullus Vows